By Joe Nelson
Georginio Wijnaldum has admitted that Liverpool must carry the burden of high fans’ expectations this season.
The 25-year-old joined from Newcastle in a £25million deal this summer and is expected to make the starting line up for the Merseysiders’ curtainraiser at Emirates Stadium on Sunday against Arsenal.
The Dutchman, who scored 11 league goals for The Magpies last campaign, professed he is excited over starting the new season with his new club and the pressure that being at a club such as Liverpool brings.
“If you play for Liverpool, expectations will always be there. We have to get used to it,” he told FourFourTwo Online
“We don’t play to surprise people. We play to win games. How people think, we can’t control that. The focus is not on surprising people, only the things that we can control, the way we train and the way we train on the field.”
Jurgen Klopp’s men romped to a 4-0 victory over Barcelona on Saturday at Wembley as a virtual full-strength Liverpool put Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Javier Mascherano and company to the sword.
Wijnaldum has praised the travelling supporters who came to watch the match.
“It’s a big club,” he added to Four Four Two. “It’s great. After the game at Wembley, we were walking around to thank the fans. But they told me there were so many fans in the Europa League final too, that there were 70 per cent Liverpool fans. We have a lot of supporters, true supporters, who are always behind the team.”